Vlaar’s contract expires at the end of this season, and he has yet to open talks with Villa concerning an extension, but he has told SoccerNews the reason he may remain with the club.
The Dutch central-defender said: “If we win the FA Cup at the expense of Arsenal and go into Europe, it is a new challenge. It could be a reason to stay at Aston Villa.”
Winning the FA Cup will certainly be no easy task, with Arsenal undoubted favourites for the title, but there is a real sense that Villa will be up for the challenge.
Since Tim Sherwood’s appointment, the Birmingham-based club have undergone an amazing turnaround in form, and there is no doubt that they will attack from the off looking to secure a surprise victory.
There is a now a sense at Villa Park that the situation may be on the up, after a number of years of poor showings under the tutelage of Paul Lambert. He may have brought stability to the club, but they were on a steady slide out of the Premier League - and that would have spelled the end of many stars.
The likes of Christian Benteke and Jack Grealish would surely move if the club were relegated, whilst Vlaar himself was unlikely agree to a new contract when he has a number of high-ranking suitors.
However, winning the FA Cup secures Europa League football, and that is a reason to stay at Villa Park. The Europa League now provides an entrance route to the Champions League, and a good campaign can spell the start of a new era of footballing success for whichever club is involved.
Vlaar may still consider leaving the club if he is approached by a club in the Champions League, but he has not written off staying at Villa as long as they can secure an impressive victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup Final this weekend.